Just a few days ago a Kobe Bryant card was sold for $2 million. This is the most expensive Bryant card ever sold, announced PWCC Marketplace on Tuesday. This sale is even more fascinating because the card, a 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Emerald, is not a rookie card.
It also does not have an autograph from Bryant or a game-used memorabilia swatch. Sports Collectors Digest’s Jeff Owens says it is only one of 10 to exist. This particular set of cards is very delicate, according to PWCC.
The fact that this card has an 8.5 grade, as graded by Beckett Grading Services, makes it extremely rare.
“This is arguably Kobe’s best card in existence,” Jesse Craig, director of business development at PWCC, said in a statement. “It’s [difficult] to find them in any condition, and because of their delicate nature, to find one in such good condition is incredibly rare.”
According to ESPN’s Dan Hajducky, the Bryant card is just one of a few basketball cards to break the $2 million threshold, joining many Lebron James RPAs (rookie patch autograph), a Luca Doncic Logoman auto, and a Michael Jordan All-Star game-used jersey auto card. A James 2003-2004 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection RPA parallel card still holds the overall record, after selling for $5.2 million on April 21.
The highest-selling Bryant card prior to Tuesday’s sale was a BGS 10 Black Label 1996-1997 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Refractor, which sold for nearly $1.8 million in March 2021.
Article by: Chris Steele, iHearts143Quotes Team member